SAN ANTONIO - As the COVID-19 crisis begins to come to an end, we could be at the beginning of a cancer crisis.
According to the American Cancer Society, we are likely going to see a flood of women diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer this year. Part of the reason for that is so many people had delayed cancer screenings because of the pandemic.
We featured a story on a 36-year-old mother of two, Anna Hill of Schertz, a few months back. The good news with her is she did get screened, treated and she remains cancer free throughout the pandemic.
The American Cancer Society is predicting that in Texas alone, there will be around 21,000 cases of female breast cancer that’s about 3,000 more than last year.
Officials with Brobe International, an Austin-based company which designs and manufactures clothing specifically for women and children going through cancer treatment, says they’ve already seen a sharp rise in sales since the start of year.
“People are going back in and they are getting their mammograms and it’s coming back cancer. Our sales have increased 34% compared to this time last year," said Allison Schickel, CEO, Brobe International.
Because of the pandemic, people are still out of work and need help getting these items that make life much more comfortable for those going to treatment. Brobe International set up a donation fund to help those who are struggling financially while dealing with cancer.
Once again, it’s incredibly important for women to go through regular screenings that way if there is cancer it can be caught early and treated before it’s too late.